Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This year has been a particularly fruitful one for those who like books on shedlike atmospheres and the latest addition is the marvellous Sheds on the Seashore by Kathryn Ferry. Subtitled A Tour through Beach Hut History, it's a very readable and excellently researched trip from the beginnings of the beach hut through to its present day renaissance. But it also includes Kathryn's own journey around the beach huts of Britain, taking in some 20,000 examples (I was particularly delighted to discover that all the huts at Woolcombe in Devon have girl's names - there is a photo in the book of Marjorie, Katherine and Matilda) and meeting hutters to discuss their experiences. This human side of the book complements the history very nicely indeed. It's a great read, even if you don't have a beach hut yourself, with plenty of wonderful photos, and a definite must-have for your bookshelf since it's the definitive history and unlikely to be bettered.